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Time: 16:21 23 May 2011

Brick Lane: why all the fuss?

23rd October 2013

If you're planning a trip to London then Brick Lane is probably on your list of places that you're interested in seeing, with this being one of the most famous streets in the capital for a number of reasons.

It's one of those landmarks that many people feel obliged to check out while they're in town, although many don't know much about it or why it is so popular.

Brick Lane itself can be found in the London borough of Tower Hamlets and runs from north to south between Bethnal Green Road and Aldgate East. Because of this, it has the unique characteristic of connecting one of the city's most historic areas to one of its trendiest.

At the southern end of Brick Lane is Aldgate East, just a stone's throw from Whitechapel – a place famous for several reasons, not least the infamous Jack the Ripper murders.

Being in the heart of the East End, this part of London is the spiritual heartland of cockney culture, and is full of old buildings and pubs.

At the north end of Brick Lane is Shoreditch, which is one of the most vibrant and characterful areas of London, with arguably the best nightlife in the city to be found here.

Brick Lane itself has traditionally always been associated with immigrants, largely due to its proximity to the East London docks. Previously it was the Jewish quarter of the capital, although these days it has a large Islamic population, and because of this the whole area is blessed with a unique cultural mix.

For example, at the northern end of the road itself are two bagel shops, which were originally opened by Jewish immigrants and have been on the site since the early part of the 20th century. These shops are extremely popular with revellers at the end of a night out and are renowned for their salt beef bagel.

As you continue along Brick Lane, you'll notice a strong Asian influence, with an abundance of curry restaurants as well as a mosque.

The street is also home to a number of bars and nightclubs, as well as some of London's best and most iconic street art.


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